Seeking fully produced,
(cast, directed and ready to be performed by June 29, 2018) 
10 minute One Act Play Productions for
Manhattan Rep's 10 Minute Play Contest


Friday & Saturday June 29 and 30, with Finals on Saturday July 7 at 6:30 pm and 9 pm
at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, 
17-19 West 45th St. Third Floor NYC

$200 prize for the Best 10 Minute Play Production!

Each 10 Minute play will be given a short tech rehearsal, a full dress rehearsal with the other plays participating, a minimum of 2 performances and 2 more performances if your play goes on to the Finals on Saturday July 7 at 6:30 pm and 9 pm.

To submit your 10 minute fully produced One Act Play Production please email:

The complete script of your one act play as a .pdf,
a synopsis of the play,
the character breakdown,
the set and lighting requirements, 
the play's production history (if it has been produced before and where)
your mailing address,
and a creative team leader contact email address to: by June 15, 2018.

Please put “10 MINUTE PLAY CONTEST” in the subject heading. 

We will contact you within a day or so, if not sooner, as to your acceptance.

Plays that we love will be accepted on a First-Come First-Served basis.
The earlier you submit the better chances you have of being accepted for we may end submissions before June 15, 2018, if we fill up all available performance slots. 

There is no submission fee.  NON-EQUITY ONLY. 

We will supply a technician to run the sound and lights.

Once accepted, there will be a $55 participation fee.

For more information about the voting process, and how we run this competition,  check out below!



The most important aspect of this competition is fairness.  If not, this whole thing becomes a silly popularity contest.

A "Panel of Industry Experts"  can be compromised, for members of the panel can be friends with people in the cast of plays that are competing.  And what the heck is a "Panel of Industry Experts" anyway?

So we use a ballot system where the audience votes, and it works so well.  We refined this system over 5 years when we ran seasonal competitions at our old space on 42nd St.

Here is how it works:

Each audience member gets a ballot where the plays in the performance series are listed in order. At the end of the performance series, the audience votes on their top three plays in order of preference. 3 being the best, and 1 being their third best.  At the end of 2 performances, we add up all the numbers in the series and the 7 plays that gets the highest tally, go on to the 2 Finals performances on Saturday July 7 at 6:30 pm and 9 pm.  For the Finals, the same system of voting is used.   After the 2 Finals shows, we add up the numbers and the 1 play that gets the highest score wins the $200 prize which is awarded right after the last Finals show.

The 3,2, 1 voting makes it impossible for one team to fix the numbers.  We get a true crowd-sourced vote and it works.

If someone comes late, they are not given a ballot.

If someone leaves early, their ballot is thrown away.

Only audience members who see all plays in a series are allowed to vote.  And we are meticulous about this rule TO BE FAIR TO ALL.



In terms of running the shows, we make sure in a performance series, the time between short plays is 1 minute or less, (I personally like 30 seconds.) This way, the audience will stay focused on ALL THE PLAYS.  I have been to contests where there is 10 minutes between plays and the audience checks out.  And that is just not fair for the plays not going first.  So we are meticulous about making sure no scene change between plays is longer than a minute.

We supply the technician to run the shows and all works so efficiently.  
We put together a tight wonderful series of 10 Minute Plays




The competition will be held at our beautiful new theatre on West 45th St between 5th and 6th Aves about a block and a half from Times Square and 2 blocks from Grand Central Terminal.  The are great restaurants and bars on our block, so much nicer than our previous space on 42nd and 8th Ave. (There is real food here, not just tourist food.)

Bus lines go down 5th Ave and up 6th Ave and almost every subway line in the city except for the L stops within 3 or 4 blocks.  It is so easy to get here.


QUESTIONS?  Please write!

If you have any questions about this competition, please feel free to drop me a line at:

Looking forward to working with you on this event!

Ken Wolf
Artistic Director
Manhattan Rep